Get Your Pet on the Path to Wellness in 2017

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A healthy dog is a happy dog

Just as in humans, health is the first step to happiness for your pets. Good pet health requires many of the same things for your pets as it does for you.

Your pet’s health is dependent on genetics and lifestyle. Lifestyle is under your control, and you can make the best of your pet’s genetic strengths and weaknesses by providing an optimal lifestyle for your particular pet.

Overall health encompasses physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Your Pet’s Health Depends on:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Absence of disease
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Mental health

Finding the Perfect Diet for Your Pet

A good diet is the wellspring for good health. If your dog has itchy skin, a change in diet can lessen or eliminate that condition. Some dogs don’t tolerate grains, while others seem to thrive on foods with grains. Quality is important, but it can take some time to find the right commercial, homemade or combination of foods that are best for your pet. A pet nutritionist or veterinarian can help you create the best diet for your particular pet.

Getting Appropriate Pet Exercise

Exercise is an essential building block of good health. It helps to keep your pet at a healthy, fit weight which in turn lessens the likelihood of excess weight induced lameness or disease. Whether your dog needs to run miles or your cat just needs 20 minutes of intense play depends on age, fitness level, temperament and ability.

Regular Professional Health Care Can Prevent Diseases in Your Pet

Whether you choose a traditional or holistic veterinarian, it’s important for your pet to have regular check-ups to catch any irregularities in your pet’s health early.

Ongoing pet healthcare can include massages, chiropractic, acupressure and energy balancing. Some veterinarians provide these modalities in their clinics, or you can use an independent practitioner.

Keep Your Pet’s Emotions Healthy by Eliminating Stress

Stress elimination can take many forms depending on your particular pets. Some pets need more exercise and play, while others need more quiet time. If your dog is stressed while going for walks because of dogs barking behind fences or loose dogs in your neighborhood, your pet may get more out of ‘nosework’ –sniffing out treats that you’ve hidden in your home or yard, or learning tricks through positive reinforcement in the safe environment of your home or yard.

Proper socialization of puppies can help dogs to understand dog language and not become reactive around strange dogs and people. However it’s very important to introduce your pup to balanced dogs and humans, so that they aren’t frightened by aggressive or reactive dogs – which can create an aggressive fear response in your pup. If you’re not sure how to socialize your pup, find a positive reinforcement trainer who may have puppy classes to give your pup a good start at becoming a balanced, emotionally healthy dog.

Dogs and Cats Need Mental Stimulation to Keep from Becoming Bored and Destructive

Cats and dogs are hunters by nature. They naturally like to rip and chew particularly when they are young and teething, so giving them appropriate, safe toys and objects to gnaw and shred can save your furniture and provide the chewing stimulation they need.

If your pets are ‘thinkers’ you’ll want to provide puzzles for them to solve. This can involve ‘nosework’ as described above, puzzle toys with treats as motivations, and treat dispensing toys which can keep them busy licking and thinking about how to get the treat hidden inside the puzzle.

Providing adequate mental stimulation will keep your pet emotionally and physically healthy.

Give Your Pets a Hale Pet Door for Their Health and Happiness

When your dogs can get outside regularly, they’ll stay healthy in all 3 areas of their lives because they’ll be getting all the physical, emotional and mental exercise that they need.

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Pit Bull type dogs are usually the last to be adopted from shelters

When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you’re saving a life while adding to your own. Dogs make you healthier because when you exercise and care for them, you’re improving your health and fitness as well.

October is also National Pit Bull Awareness Month that began as an effort to educate the public about this much maligned breed type. There is no Pit Bull breed, so this name takes in ‘bully breeds’ such as Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs with people mistaking boxer and mastiff mixes as Pit Bulls.

Unfortunately due to the public perception that Pit Bulls are dangerous dogs, they are often the last to be adopted from shelters. In shelters with high-kill rates, this means that perfectly healthy dogs are destroyed for no reason.

These bully breeds are bred for strength and perseverance, so it’s critical that they are well-socialized. Early learning of good responses to new people and animals will ensure that they will not have to be rehabilitated as adult dogs.

Your Shelter Dog Deserves the Best Dog Door

As the newest member of your family settles in, you’ll want to provide them with all they need. If you’re away from home for many hours – the most energy efficient and secure Hale Pet Door will ensure that your pet can get out to take care of business, so you don’t come home to unpleasant surprises on the floor.

Hale Pet Doors are the most energy efficient, good-looking and secure dog doors available. Because you saved a life by adopting a shelter dog, you’ll get 10% off your new Hale Pet Door, and we’ll donate that same amount to the shelter to help more dogs and cats find their forever homes.

The Best Pet Door for Your Best Friend

Because pet ownership is a lifetime commitment, you want products that will last. Hale Pet Doors have been made in the USA since 1985 and have stood the test of time.

The Hale Pet Door 5 Year Warranty gives you peace of mind that should anything go wrong during the first 5 years, you’re covered. Hale Pet Door even warranties the flaps on a pro-rated basis for 5 years.

Rescued a Pet? Get a Discount

With Hale Pet Door’s Rescue Rewards Program, you’ll get a 10% discount on your new pet door if you have rescued a pet. Hale Pet Door will donate that same amount to the Rescue or Shelter of your choice.

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Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Back to School Plans

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Start Planning Now for a Smooth Transition

Just as you prepare the kids and yourself for a new routine, get the fur-kids ready by starting with one change at a time. Perhaps they’ll have to eat their morning meal earlier than on your summertime schedule, so start feeding them at the school schedule time about 2 weeks in advance. This will ensure that your dog’s elimination will be on schedule when there’s no one home to let her out.

Providing your dog with a high quality Hale Pet Door can save you from discovering unexpected accidents to clean up because your dog will be able to get outside to your safe fenced yard, so he can answer ‘nature’s call.’

Provide Plenty of Toys for the Long Day Home Alone

If your pet will be on its own for many hours, it’s a good idea to offer some new toys that will keep him busy while you and your family are away. When you offer new toys on a rotation in addition to favorites, your pup will be more interested in them than other things she may find around the house to chew.

When dogs can get outside — to run, explore the scents in the air and play with toys they’ll be happier to come into the house to nap instead of finding things to chew and destroy.

Plan for Potty and Exercise Breaks

If your dog is crate trained and you leave her in the crate while you’re gone, remember that during the day 5 hours is the maximum time you can safely leave an adult dog confined. They need to get out to eliminate and stretch their legs, so if you’re gone more than 5 hours, be sure to arrange for a friend, neighbor or dog walker to come and let your dog out.

Puppies need to get out more often depending on their age and bladder/bowel maturity.

When you have a high quality pet door, your dog can get out and ‘take care of business’ whenever necessary, and you can save money on dog walking fees.

Plan Ahead for Success

Your dog is part of your family, and you want him to enjoy the peace and quiet of staying home alone. When you consider your dog’s needs and plan for them, you’ll all have a successful school year.

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How to Really Love Your Pet

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February is the month of love, and you know how much love your pets add to your life. You want to return that love to let them know how precious they are to you. But have you thought of what your pet needs to be truly loved?

Give Your Pets What They Need

It’s only natural for people to give their pets the things that they would appreciate receiving, but pets are different species, so they have different needs and desires.

Dogs are pack animals, so your presence is the best present you can give your dog. Exercise and playing with you simulates hunting with the pack—a necessity for your dog’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Cats are usually more solitary types, but they appreciate play that simulates hunting. Short bursts of intense physical activity followed by a snack and a nap is the cat’s meow.

Give Your Pets What They Want

There is one constant between humans and pets. The desire to be near and to interact with loved ones. Give your pets your time. You may not have large blocks of time to spare, but there is truth to “quality time” even if it’s a few minutes at a time.

A peaceful environment where pets feel safe is another gift you can give your pet. Take time for training, so your pet knows what acceptable behavior is. Pets don’t understand punishment, so catch them doing the right thing and praise that behavior. Instead of yelling, “No!” which raises your blood pressure and confuses the animal, give him something to do – go lie down in his bed or safe spot with a small treat or favorite toy.

Be consistent with your expectations for your pet. If you like your dog to jump up to greet you when you have your sweats on, remember that she will also jump on you when you’re wearing your good clothes too. You can have it both ways by teaching your dog a cue to give you a hug when appropriate and a different cue for staying down.

High quality food, a comfortable place to rest and good company are the ways to show love to your pet. Don’t forget to get a Hale Pet Door  so your pet can go outside when necessary and come back into the house again.

Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Back to School Plans

Include your pets in your back to school plans

Going back to school is an exciting time. Buying new clothes, school supplies and looking forward to the new adventures that the school year brings becomes the focus of your family’s activities.

Just as it’s important to gradually change your students’ schedules, getting your pet accustomed to being alone all day or without their playmates can be crucial too.

Anticipate Behavior Problems to Prevent Them

When your pet is used to having someone home with them most of the day, the sudden change of being alone can create anxiety. Sometimes that anxiousness creates unwanted behavior like chewing shoes or furniture, howling or excessive barking or even self-mutilation.

If you condition your pet to being alone gradually, most of these behaviors can be prevented.

Take It One Day at a Time

When you gradually leave your pet alone for longer and longer periods, he’ll be used to being home alone when school starts, so there will be no anxiety or restlessness and the accompanying negative behavior.

Tips for Transitioning to Fall Routines

  • Exercise your pet before you leave for school or work – she’ll probably sleep most of the day
  • Give your pet something to do while you’re gone – toys that hold treats will keep attention and give positive reinforcement
  • Keep your departure low key
  • Provide your pet with a special treat or toys that he gets only when you leave so he’ll look forward to your departure
  • Get a high quality pet door so your pet can get out into your fenced yard to answer the ‘call of nature’
  • Be ready to walk your dog or play with your cat when you get home to provide some much needed exercise and stimulation

 

Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy with a Hale Pet Door

Pet doors can be installed in doors, walls, screens, and even right in glass! Because Hale Pet Doors are available in 11 sizes, there’s a Hale Pet Door to fit your pet and your home.

Check out your dog door options to find the perfect place in your home to keep your pets happy and healthy for the school year and beyond – Hale Pet Doors